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2018 National History Day: Conflict & Compromise in History

Topics and Resources for NHD 2018:

Japanese American Internment: explore Protestant responses to the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Children at Manzanar War Relocation Center, California, ca. 1942 [Image no. ds5243]



The Delta Ministry: explore the Civil Rights movement through the lens of the Delta Ministry, a program led by the National Council of Churches to support the Black freedom struggle in Mississippi.

Mississippi residents vote, 1966 [Image no. ds3096]



The Colonization Movement: explore the colonization movement and its place in the range of responses to the system of slavery in the United States.

Detail of the Liberia Packet, 1848 [Image no. ds804]



Shall Women Preach?: explore the struggle of Presbyterian women to take their place among those ordained to the ministry.

First Woman Minister, Margaret Ellen Towner, 1956 [Image no. ds5658]


  • Newspaper clipping on Pearl, "First Woman Minister [Margaret Towner]"
  • Living History video interview of Susan Andrews
  • Journal of Presbyterian History Fall/Winter 2005 special issue on women's ordination (Printed journal available at PHS; digital version available through JSTOR)
  • Patricia Lloyd-Sidle, Celebrating Our Call: Ordination Stories of Presbyterian Women (Book at PHS, WESTPR 2006-9)
  • Karen V. Brown and Phyllis M. Fendon, compilers, African American Presbyterian Clergywomen: The First Twenty-Five Years (Book at PHS, BX 8946 .A35 A34 2001)
  • Louisa M. Woosley, Shall Woman Preach? (Book at PHS, BV 676 .W66 1891; ebook at Internet Archive)


The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: explore the explosive conflict between the "native" Protestant residents of Philadelpha and the city's Irish Catholic immigrants.

Cover illustration, A Full and Complete Account of the Late Awful Riots..., 1844